Category Archives: Terrorism

Hybrid terrorism strikes Paris (with V. Dittmar)

A new tactical profile emerges in French Terror attacks. The attacks denote hybrid techniques which illustrate a levelling up in the nature of the terrorist threat states face. The actions of the attackers cannot be easily placed into a framework … Continue reading

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BOKO HARAM

The founder of BK is Mohammed Yussuf .Yussuf was a trained Salafist. He followed the fundamentalist teachings of a 14 C cleric called Ibn Taymiyya, who is one of the forefathers of the Wahabi tradition. Other noted individuals who have … Continue reading

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Dealing with transnational hybrid terrorist threats

1) Consider stepping outside the Realist perspective of the problem. This is difficult because we are dealing with ‘an enemy’ whose language is realist-guns, bombs, be-headings. Any further hegemonic realist responses will intensify and escalate the conflict. Appeasement also escalates. … Continue reading

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ISIL: THE ULTIMATE HYBRID ENEMY

  ISIL has grabbed the world’s attention with new levels of barbarism revealed in the scripted murder of the man known throughout the world as “the pilot”. Jordanian Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh has become a symbol for moderate Muslims, westerners and … Continue reading

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Throwing Stones at Drones: The International System and Terrorism.

We stand on a hill with a pocket full of stones. We watch the drone flying in from a distance crossing the borders of adjoining states. We watch as it drops a bomb which changes our lives and our humanity, … Continue reading

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US Sailors kidnapped by pirates off NIGERIA

PIRACY IN NIGERIA AND GULF OF GUINEA HAS BEEN IGNORED FOR TOO LONG. In a tale of two piracies there are few if any similarities between piracy in Somalia and Nigeria. Nigerian ‘piracy’ Piracy in Nigeria is a misnomer. What … Continue reading

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Piracy and kidnapping in Somalia

Over the past several years, the pirates of Somalia have enjoyed what might be called a following wind. They operate in a country where government authority is weak and in many areas non-existent. They have the longest coastline of any … Continue reading

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“Piracy is like the poor, always with us?“

Poverty Reduction programs are employed by states to deal with the latter, so why is it ok to simply accept that piracy is business as normal for shipping or worse to engage in a war on piracy in order to … Continue reading

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Fazul Mohammed and Al Shabaab

Fazul Mohammed was certainly one of the key members of the Al qaeda old guard. An establishment that is now fragmented and splintered into stand alone operating networks that are loosely linked by association around the world. In the 1990s … Continue reading

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Killing of embassy bombings mastermind deprives al Qaeda of key figure

By Tim Lister and Zain Verjee, CNN June 13, 2011 — Updated 1410 GMT (2210 HKT) (CNN) — At midnight last Tuesday, two men were traveling in a black four-wheel drive through the Somali capital, Mogadishu. One was Fazul Abdullah … Continue reading

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